Racial Justice: What to Watch. What to Do.

We have spent this past week listening to BIPOC film writers and curators and revisiting some old links for lists of films about Black Lives that can educate, entertain, enlighten, and energize people of any background. As The Brattle works to crystalize this moment into further concrete change within our own organization and programs, we urge you to find at least one film here that you have never seen, watch it, and speak about it with friends, family, or online. Obviously, watching movies isn’t the only course to change, but we believe that cinema (and art in general) is an incredibly effective tool for building empathy and increasing understanding between communities and within ourselves.

Below is just some of what’s out there, but there is always more to discover. Please let us know of sources and articles that you would suggest to us as we continue this journey.

For resources and information regarding anti-racism, this widely shared list compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein and this incredibly rich resource from The National Museum of African American History & Culture are both good places to start.

We encourage you to take advantage of the many local resources available to help show your support. These include, but are not limited to: Black Lives Matter Boston, The Massachusetts Bail Fund, the ACLU Massachusetts, and Violence in Boston.

Additionally, consider supporting one of the many Black-owned restaurants in our community, or essentials and services from local Black-owned businesses. And not just now. Make this an ongoing habit.

Free Films Online

Short films from some of the most important African American filmmakers of the 1970s: L.A. REBELLION PROJECT ONE FILMS

Stanley Nelson’s THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is streaming for free from PBS.

The Criterion Channel has opened up several landmark films from Black artists for viewing on their platform for free (including many of the films listed in the articles above). Visit https://www.criterionchannel.com/browse to see options.

If you have a library card, Kanopy is featuring many “Social and Systemic Injustice” films on their homepage, including the indispensable I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO and WHOSE STREETS (both also currently for rent through the Coolidge with proceeds supporting Boston area social justice groups).